Undergraduate Student Profile: Elizabeth Sarbacker

Name: Elizabeth Sarbacker

Hometown: Verona, WI

High School: Verona Area High School

Class Size: Around 400

Farm: Fischerdale Holsteins

Major: Dairy Science with Agriculture Business Management Certificate

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?  I chose the University of Wisconsin-Madison because of my passion for the dairy cow. I fell in love with the dairy industry by following around my four older brothers and father on the farm. Once they grew up, they all attended UW-Madison majoring in Dairy Science. I heard first-hand about the university and the world renowned Dairy Science program. When it came time for me to go to college, I knew there was only one place and one major for me. I am so thankful to have grown up on a dairy farm so that I could find my passion. I’m grateful for the choice I made because I am absolutely loving every part of UW-Madison and the Dairy Science major.

What has been your most memorable college experience? My most memorable college experience is outside of the classroom. The most memorable experiences are the people I meet in the clubs that I have joined. When I started college, I became a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate Judging Team, and National Agri-Marketing Association. These clubs allowed me to meet and grow strong relationships with peers that led to memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.

What has been your favorite course? I don’t have a favorite class, but I enjoy the classes that are very hands-on and applicable to real life situations. For example, I like to learn in the classroom then have a lab where I can apply what I just learned.

What are your future career goals? After graduation, I would like to pursue a marketing career in the dairy industry. More specifically, I would like to have a job where I can benefit farmers. I would like to stay in Wisconsin, hopefully close to my home farm, in Verona. At night, I would love to help on my family’s dairy farm, Fischerdale Holsteins, where my passion started. This way I can motivate myself to work hard for the producers and come home to see it pay off on a family-owned dairy farm.

Undergraduate Student Profile: Logan Voigts

Name: Logan Voigts

Hometown: Belmont, WI

High School: Belmont High School

Class Size: 26

Farm: Voigtscrest Holsteins

Major: Dairy Science

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison?

Coming to Badger football games throughout high school is really what drove me to come to this university.  The atmosphere in this town on a gameday is second to none and that really inspired me to come here.  This paired with one of the best dairy science departments in the nation made it an easy choice.

What has been your most memorable college experience?

Being a student on this campus opens the door for a tremendous amount of opportunities, but my favorite one must be working at world dairy expo.  My first year working it was crazy to me seeing just how much work went into making expo function, and getting to be a part of that was a great experience.  It’s a great opportunity to get away from school and classes for a while, while working with friends and networking with industry professionals.

What has been your favorite course?

DySci 233 and 234, Dairy Herd Management I & II, has easily been my favorite course.  In this class we would go through different units that covered different fields of the dairy industry, taught by professionals of those respective fields.  This class is entirely applicable to my career and the second semester we visited farms every other week to make this knowledge hands on.

What are your future career goals?

My goal for the future is to become a genetic consultant or other closely related profession in the genetic field where I can help farmers improve the genetic potential of their herd.